SAN BRUNO - The San Bruno City Council votes tonight on whether to move ahead with plans to rebuild 10 more homes that were destroyed in the PG&E gas pipeline explosion in 2010.

San Ramon-based development firm Castle Companies has offered to pay $4,150,000 for 10 vacant lots in the Crestmoor neighborhood, where eight people were killed, 38 homes were destroyed and 17 more were damaged by the gas transmission line that ruptured and caused a massive fire on Sept. 10, 2010.

The 10 empty lots were purchased by PG&E and the city of San Bruno from residents who opted not to move back to the stricken neighborhood following the fire, according to staff reports. Three lots were purchased by the city, the other seven by PG&E.

City Manager Connie Jackson said the council will likely approve tonight's resolution, which authorizes her office to negotiate with Castle Companies to finalize the purchase price and terms of reconstruction.

"I haven't seen any indication that the resolution would not go forward," Jackson said.

If approved, the final agreement could be signed by the end of February, and construction of the new homes could begin by summer, Jackson said.

"The pace of new home permitting and construction has moved quickly," Jackson said.

Since the explosion, 17 homes have been reconstructed and reoccupied, at least 10 more were moving through the permitting process, and PG&E has paid settlements of more than $565 million to disaster victims.

Tonight's City Council meeting was scheduled at 7 p.m. at the San Bruno Senior Center, located 1555 Crystal Springs Road.



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